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Bristol Type 77
M.1D Monoplane

A Bristol M.1 Monoplane converted to Bristol Lucifer power for air racing..
Bristol 77 M1D Monoplane G-EAVP side The Lucifer-powered M1D racing monoplane G-EAVP at Filton.
 
The Bristol 77 M.1D Monoplane G-EAVP was a one-off conversion of a Bristol M.1C Monoplane for high speed testing of the Bristol Lucifer three-cylinder radial engine. This conversion was carried out in January 1922.
 
The aircraft was painted all-over in scarlet with a black nose and tail and white registration. It was first raced at Croydon on 17th April 1922, taking third place in its first race and second place in the second race.
 
On its next outing, the M.1D won a handicap race at Croydon on 3rd June.
 
The aircraft, flown by Larry Carter, then won the prestigious 1922 Aerial Derby Handicap on 7th August 1922 at an average speed of 107.85 mph.
 
It was unsuccessful in the inaugural King’s Cup Air Race held at Croydon in September 1922, when it suffered a forced landing following minor engine trouble.
 
Sadly, Major Leslie Foot was fatally injured when the aircraft crashed near Chertsey on 23rd June 1923 during the Grosvenor Cup Race.
 
Bristol Type 77 M1D Derby Handicap Aug 22 Larry Carter winning the Aerial Derby Handicap at Croydon on 7th August 1922.

Specification

Powerplant One 140 hp Bristol Lucifer
Span 30 ft 9 in
Maximum Weight 1,300 lb
Capacity  Single seat racing monoplane
Maximum Speed 125 mph
Endurance 1 hr 45 min 

Variants

Single example only, G-EAVP.

Survivors

Nil; aircraft destroyed in June 1923.

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